Harris Creek Elementary fourth-grader and figure skater Carrington Mason Belvin practices in Cary twice a week with her primary coach, Russian Olympic medalist Elena Betchke, before the bell rings and at least twice a week in Garner and Wake Forest after school.
On August 5, she skated her way to the Group B Pre-preliminary first place spot out of six competitors at the Hershey Open in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The first place win qualified her to compete in the coveted final round against eight first-place contenders. She was the ninth skater in her group to perform, and when the scores were posted, she earned the title of Final Round Champion.
Carrington’s upcoming competitions for 2015 are The John Smith Memorial Competition in Charlotte on September 11 to 13, and U.S. Figure Skating’s Regional Open in Aston, Pennsylvania, in October. The Regional Open dates are yet to be announced.